The last few board meetings have focused on service providers; their successes, challenges, and all that is involved in generating positive outcomes. These conversations have helped board members to better understand the inner workings of running year-round and grant-funded programs.
Similar conversations will be held with CAWD’s key partners. Leaders from our community colleges, economic development, the workforce commission and board association have agreed to participate.
These meetings are an important element for CAWD’s dedication to continuous improvement and inform decision-making related to setting priorities, board committee work, and resources needed for successful outcomes.
See how CAWD helped citizens AND businesses in Wake and Johnston counties! Adults and youth continue to benefit from the work done by NCWorks staff as well as programs for special populations that need a little extra help getting back into the workforce.
A big thank you to the partners and collaborations that make workforce development work!
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Apprenticeships are a growing trend in the U.S. as companies struggle to find qualified workers with the skills needed to conduct business. Economist Michael Walden will share facts about the local job market and the role of apprenticeships for a thriving workforce.
Also, companies who have integrated apprenticeship into their talent management strategies will share exactly what it took for them to do so. Speakers represent manufacturing, information technology, construction/skilled trades, and healthcare.
Don’t miss this enlightening and interactive event to connect, learn & leverage!
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CAWD now has funds to help students at Johnston Community College and Wake Tech with financial emergencies. Unforeseen financial burdens often derail students from completing degree and training programs. NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the Finish Line grant program to fund collaboration between workforce development and community colleges to help these students.
Applicants can receive up to $1000.00 per school year and can apply at their financial aid offices. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in addition to the type of financial emergency. Applications will be forwarded to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination.
Students with questions should contact their school’s financial aid office.
Last April, the Triangle Regional Career Pathways Collaborative hosted “Game-changing Pathways Strategies (GPS): Know the Terrain!” to help all partners with a role in career advising understand regional talent demands and the economic climate in order to better serve students and clients.
This years event, “Swipe Right! Find a Career Match,” will help career advisers from k12, community colleges, and career centers understand work-based learning and so they can connect students accordingly. In addition, they will have an opportunity to improve their networking skills in order to engage with businesses more effectively. Other activities are also being planned.
The half-day event will be held on May 18th at the NC Biotechnology Center in RTP. Registration opens soon. Be on the look out for your invitation!
There will be three Career Pathway Working Groups meeting in early September. These groups are meeting to set annual goals for the regional pathway work.
—Demand Driven/Data Informed and Career Awareness Working Group is meeting September 7th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
—Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
—Articulation and Multiple Points of Entry Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Updates on NCWorks Certified Career Pathways and strategies on how to continue to implement the pathways local will be shared at the Capital Area Workforce Development Board Partners Meetings in late September.
—Johnston County Partners Meeting will be held on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the NCWorks Career Center, 8998 US-70 BUS, Clayton, NC 27520.
—Wake County Partners Meeting time and location will be announced shortly.
Stay tuned for details!
Choosing the right career requires linking what you know about yourself to information about jobs, education, and training requirements. The most comprehensive site to help career advisers, students, job seekers, and career changers do this is the NC CAREER CLUSTERS GUIDE, now accessible via CAWD’s home page.
The Interest Profiler identifies personal characteristics, strengths, and activities one enjoys then suggests different kinds of work the person should explore. Users can also take a “Reality Check” which suggests jobs based on a desired lifestyle and corresponding income necessary to financially support that lifestyle. Users are guided through more than 900 careers. Occupations within each cluster have similar knowledge and skill requirements, but when linked with the results from the Interest Profiler, are narrowed down to those which most closely match the person’s work-related interests.
Pathways, job descriptions, employment data, wages, and career stories from real people make this career guide a must-see for workforce stakeholders and partners. Whether planning a future career or getting ready to enter the job market, getting a well-rounded understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates is always helpful. The NC Career Clusters Guide can also be printed from the website.
More than 500 ex-offenders entered in the NCWorks system last program year, an indication of the necessity for employment services geared specifically for this population. CAWD already holds resource fairs featuring multiple community organizations at the Raleigh career center. Now, CAWD has assumed a lead role in helping the Wake County Detention Center provide more seamless workforce and support services for inmates serving short sentences at the center.
Participants should be able to progress through a series of offerings that help them with life skills, personal improvement, and prepare them for long-term success in the work world. Activities should lead to jobs that can support a family and offer career potential. Not only must inmates be able to access educational opportunities that lead to high school completion and post secondary credentials, the program must offer a sustainable transition and reentry process that ensures coordinated employment and supportive services for offenders released from detention.
NCWorks Career Centers will play an integral role during the incarceration period as well as after release.
Apprenticeships are a time-tested method for recruiting and retaining new employees, and equipping them with the company-specific skills they’ll need to succeed in their industry. Capital Area Workforce Development Board and NCWorks are hosting an Apprenticeship Summit for local businesses and organizations to learn more about this exciting way to train a new workforce. An apprenticeship is a lucrative way for workers to learn new skills, adapt to a new company environment, and make money. Recruited employees spend an average of 2,000 hours training on the job, and 144 hours of classroom based instruction per year, with an “earn as you learn” pay scale. This event is designed for employers and business partners instead of stakeholders. If your business colleagues need help enhancing their talent pipeline, apprenticeships are effective in training for all industries. Work-based learning, such as internships, co-ops and apprenticeships, have proven to be beneficial for both employers and employees, as recruits are able to learn the skills needed to thrive within a specific company, organization, and industry.
Apprenticeship programs have proven economic results for employers and businesses across the world. Apprenticeships have a well-established history of success in Europe. A typical apprenticeship in England is estimated to raise an employer’s economic output by about $366 per week. A Swiss study found that employers in their country earn a net $300 million each year from the work apprentices do while training on the job. They are even proven to be effective in North America. A 2009 Canadian study found that, for every $1 Canadian businesses invested in apprenticeship programs, they could expect to receive $1.47 back.
This is a free event that will feature a panel of businesses to demonstrate how an apprenticeship program will help a company customize employees’ skills and training so as to best fit an organization, boost retention rates of employees, and make a positive return on investment for apprentices hired. Additional incentives for utilizing an apprenticeship program include saving money on overall wages and building a network of employees to fulfill labor demands. Join the discussion on work-based learning, and register today. This event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Cary on May 18.
To help the public better understand what we do, we have started a podcast channel! Workforce development can be a complicated story to tell since there are so many moving parts; multiple organizations, people, and businesses working in pursuit of a common goal – building a highly-skilled and efficient workforce. Podcasts are an up and coming method of digital communication, short audio stories that you can listen to in the car, at home, or wherever you go. Approximately 57 million people listen to podcasts every month!
CAWD will use podcasts to help tell the “who, what, where, and how” of workforce development’s impact on our citizens and business community. Reducing “government speak,” podcasts done in a conversational, personal, and casual manner can engage new audiences. Podcast interviews will feature CAWD staff, board members, job seekers, program participants, career center staff, and employers.
You can access podcasts from the Information page of our website or on Sound Cloud. Be sure to follow our podcasts so that you don’t miss an episode! Have a topic suggestion? Let us know!